Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah appoints David Wilson as General Manager

David Wilson
David Wilson

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has appointed David Wilson as general manager of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Wilson, an accomplished hospitality executive, with over 30 years of international experience, will direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of the resort.

Since opening in March 2014, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has positioned itself as one of the most iconic beach front locations in the Middle East. Wilson will apply his extensive experience in all facets of the hospitality industry to ensure the landmark property continues to provide authentic moments, unforgettable experiences and True Waldorf Service, the cornerstones of the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand. His expertise and leadership will further solidify the property as a legendary Dubai landmark and an iconic establishment that inspires the world in providing an unsurpassed hospitality experience to the discerning traveler.

“We are thrilled to have David at the helm of one of our landmark Waldorf Astoria properties,” remarked Essam Abouda, Area Vice President of Hotel Operations for Arabian Peninsula & Turkey for Hilton Worldwide. “David’s wide-ranging, global expertise in the luxury hospitality industry will be an important asset in overseeing a hotel that caters to influential international travelers.”

“I am excited about my role as general manager and joining the team at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Throughout my 30 plus years of experience, I have always admired the rich heritage and industry-setting service standards of the Waldorf Astoria brand. I look forward to expanding on this legacy and ensuring an unforgettable experience for our future guests.” commented Wilson.

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Most recently, Wilson served as the Managing Director of Ritz-Carlton Beijing and JW Marriott Beijing. Prior to this role, he held extensive leadership positions at properties around the globe including General Manager at The Ritz Carlton Bali Resort and Spa where he successfully developed and launched 40 new on-property villas, a spa and a new restaurant concept. Wilson’s other global hospitality positions include senior management roles with Shangri-La Luxury Hotels and Hyatt Hotels. His hospitality career began with positions in finance and food and beverage departments at properties in the UK, Indonesia and Australia.

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